Israel’s Prime Minister’s surgery for umbilical hernia declared a success, doctors at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital report.
PM Netanyahu set to be discharged Sunday afternoon and allowed to return to work later in the week. Sunday’s cabinet meeting postponed and Defense Minister Ya’alon to chair ministerial meeting on prisoners.
By Attila Somfalvi
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underwent surgery for an umbilical hernia at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem overnight Sunday. The hour-long surgery, which was conducted under general anesthesia, was declared a success.
The prime minister is currently resting and is set to be discharged later on Sunday. Doctors at the Hadassah Hospital nevertheless stressed it will be several days before he is fully able to return to work.
Sunday’s cabinet meeting has been postponed but a ministerial committee vetting the prisoner amnesty would still meet, chaired by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. In Netanyahu’s absence, Ya’alon served as acting prime minister.
On Sunday morning, several hours after the operation and following a conversation between Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital director Dr. Yuval Weiss and Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mendelblit, it was decided that Netanyahu was fit enough to have all his powers restored.
Reuters, Yaron Kelnerm Omri Efraim and Noam (Dabul) Dvir contributed to this report.
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